Climate Church, Climate World: How People of Faith Must Work for Change

Book, 2018, 221 pp
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Why should people of faith engage the moral challenge of climate change, and how should we do it?

Climate Church, Climate World argues that climate change is the greatest moral challenge humanity has ever faced. Hunger, refugees, poverty, inequality, deadly viruses, war--climate change multiplies all forms of global social injustice.

Environmental leader Reverend Jim Antal presents a compelling case that it's time for the church to meet this moral challenge, just as the church addressed previous moral challenges. Antal calls for the church to embrace a new vocation so that future generations might live in harmony with God's creation. After describing how we have created the dangers our planet now faces, Antal urges the church to embrace a new vocation, one focused on collective salvation and an expanded understanding of the Golden Rule (Golden Rule 2.0). He suggests ways people of faith can reorient what they prize through new approaches to worship, preaching, witnessing and other spiritual practices that honour creation and cultivate hope.

Includes questions for reflection and group discussion, as well as preaching suggestions.

(10 sessions)

Read review in the October 2018 issue of Anabaptist Witness.

For years we’ve been waiting for a book that has the power to awaken communities of faith to their high calling: to lead the way in preserving the web of life and averting climate chaos. We’ve been waiting for a book that gives us straight talk about the climate crisis, faces the terrifying facts without flinching, and provides its readers with the moral grounding, motivation, and tools for faithful and effective action. We’ve been waiting for a book that, in challenging us to take action on climate, skillfully articulates our moral and ethical responsibility and offers a humble, brilliant, and provocative reflection on the nature of hope. Climate Church, Climate World is that book. It is a joy to welcome it into print. — The Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, missioner for creation care, Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ

Jim Antal reminds us that the climate crisis, while overwhelmingly frightening, recalls the church to its deepest vocation: incarnating the love that is God. The book describes a path forward, full of inspiration, scriptural grounding and science. It’s also a path that leads to a world of peace, joy, and a more hopeful future. — Richard Rohr, OFM, author, ecumencial teacher, and founder, Center for Action and Contemplation

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